Tigers NIHL miss chance to slay Warriors

Jason Parry believes The Tigers NIHL could have gone on to beat Whitley Warriors, after they enjoyed the early running in Saturday night’s 3-3 draw at Telford Ice Rink.

Early goals saw the county men move into a 2-0 lead at the halfway point of the game, as they made the most of better possession against the north-east outfit.

Whitley’s experience began to show later in the game, however, when they established a 3-2 advantage – before a dramatic third period goal from Telford.

Parry, who watched his side climb to fifth in the Moralee Conference standings, paid tribute to his side’s late efforts, despite them losing that early cushion.

He said: “I was relived that we got a goal at the end of the game, but to be honest, I was a bit disappointed. I think we controlled the first two periods, before capitulating a bit in the third.

“We conceded a goal at the end of the second period, which hurt us quite a bit. Our powerplay was working well tonight, and I was glad to get my best guys out there.”

James Smith was on target with all three of Telford’s goals on Saturday evening, starting with a well-worked strike after just two minutes.

The youngster doubled that advantage on 37 minutes, before Whitley hit back just before the second interval.

Two third period goals looked to have won the game for the Warriors, before Smith snatched a goal on 58 minutes, after Parry pulled netminder Denis Bell.

“If you’re chasing the game and you’ve got a face-off in the attacking zone, there is little point in keeping the netminder out there,” he added.

“Throwing an extra attacker in and floating the puck in front of the net can make often things happen for us. That’s what we did tonight.

“Smithy played really well and scored with some great shots. He didn’t score last week, which was unusual, so it was good to see him do that tonight.”

The Tigers NIHL return to action next Saturday night, when they welcome Solway Sharks to Telford Ice Rink (5.30pm).

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